Preventative Care Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Annual preventative care wellness exams with your veterinarian is the best way to keep your pet healthy and happy. The vet will check the physical condition of your dog in the first visit to diagnose any problems. Routine lab tests are able to detect early stages of disease. Our hospital is able to conduct various types of tests with the latest technology. Early check-ups will help to diagnose any problems at an early stage which will help your dog live a longer and happier life. 

 

Vaccinations

Vaccination is the best way to protect your dog from many diseases such as cough, rabies, and distemper. Dogs can be immunized against canine flu and Lyme disease. Consult your veterinarian about the vaccines that are best for your pet for their age, health status and exposure. 

 

Grooming Routine 

Ear cleaning, trimming or nails, and coat brushing are all beneficial for your dog. Visit your veterinarian on a regular basis and consult your veterinarian on how to clean your dog’s ears safely. Discharge from ears can be an indication of an infection. Trimming of nails will keep them away from infection and also help your pet to walk normally. If you brush their hair daily, it will prevent mats and help to detect skin problems early. 

 

Protection from Parasites

Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites can result in major health consequences for your dog. However, these can easily be prevented by the regular use of veterinary approved products. Heartworms are usually transmitted through mosquito bites. Fleas and ticks are not responsible for transmitting disease but can lead to itchy skin which can make your pet very uncomfortable. As change occurs in weather, it is quite difficult to guarantee when mosquitoes or fleas are not biting. 

 

Good Nutrition and Regular Exercise for Your Pet 

Balanced nutrition is the best key to keeping your pet healthy. Try to maintain a high-quality diet that addresses your pet’s specific health needs, breed, activity level and age. Regular exercise is another vital factor that keeps your dog healthy and active. Discuss a diet and exercise plan for your dog with your veterinarian. 

 

Dental Care 

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is also necessary. Brush your dog’s teeth twice a week with an edible toothpaste recommended by your veterinarian. An annual dental check-up is also recommended as part of your pets wellness exam. 

 

 

Taking good care of your dog is vital to maintain the overall health of your dog. Fairgrounds Animal Hospital delivers unique services ranging from vaccines to surgery. We love caring for your pets. Our veterinarians and staff are skilled and efficient in delivering exceptional health services for your pet. We deliver one on one personalized care for your pets to make them feel at home. Call us today at (775) 329-4106 to schedule a preventative care exam for your pet. 

 

When you need Urgent Care, call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers Urgent Care and Emergency services for your pets in the Reno/Sparks area. Call our office at (775) 329-4106 for more information.

It’s 5 pm on a Friday evening and you have just come home from a long day at work. When you walk in the door, you notice that your intact (not spayed), female dog is lethargic, painful and vomiting. You rush her to your veterinarian’s office for an urgent care visit and they diagnose her with a pyometra. They explain that a pyometra is an infected uterus and the best chance she has for survival is a $1000-2000 emergency surgery to remove the infected uterus or it can become life threatening.

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers Urgent Care and Emergency Services for your pets in the Reno/Sparks area.

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Obesity in Cats and Dogs

As of October 2019 it’s estimated that half of all domestic dogs and cats are clinically overweight. That’s 49 million dogs, and more than 50 million cats! Obesity is one of the most common nutritional diseases in dogs and cats. The best treatment is prevention, but it’s also never too late to fix it.

According to most studies, obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy, diminished quality of life, chronic inflammation, orthopedic disease, kidney dysfunction, cancers, urinary issues, and more! Excess weight in pets can decrease a pet’s life span by up to 2.5 years!

How do you know if your pet is overweight or obese? If you’re unsure of your pet’s ideal weight try this simple exercise:

  • Place your hands on your pets ribcage with your thumbs on it’s back
  • If you feel the ribs easily, your pet is considered to be normal weight
  • If you can feel fat between the skin and ribs or the ribs are hard to feel, your pet is overweight
  • If you can’t feel the ribs, your pet is definitely obese

You can also use a body score chart like this:

If your pet is overweight, there are painless methods to help your pet lose those unhealthy pounds.

A visit with your veterinarian can determine if the weight is due to an underlying medical condition, what your pet’s ideal weight is, and a healthy weight loss plan for them. Your veterinarian can prescribe a diet formulation such as Hill’s Metabolic Diet that will help make dieting easy for you and your pet. Combining that with routine walks, and playtime can definitely help your pet lose those extra pounds. Call us today to discuss a weight loss plan for your pet.

2019 Pet Photo Contest Winners

We received a lot of submissions and we were excited to see all of your festive holiday pet photos! Thank you to everyone that submitted photos of their pets (We laughed, smiled and enjoyed each one!)  and to everyone that voted! All of these photos were so adorable there is no way we could have picked a winner on our own! You can also still see all our 2019 Holiday Photo Contest Submissions here. All winners can contact our hospital at (775) 329-4106 or stop in to redeem their prizes.

Congratulations to Our Winners!

 

 

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Holiday Food Safety Tips for Pets

The holidays are a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and celebrate, and most celebrations include a wide variety of delicious, mouth-watering food and drink. While pets are often included in the celebrations (I know mine are), be careful how you celebrate with them, and keep in mind that cats and dogs have much more sensitive bodies than humans and the simple foods we eat during the holidays can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Below is a list of foods to avoid giving Fido and Whiskers this holiday season to keep them healthy and out of the animal hospital. Here are some holiday food safety tips for your pets: 

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Senior Dental Care: Never Too Old For Good Dental Health

By: Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
VETERINARY MEDICINE

The prevalence of periodontal disease increases as age increases and body weight decreases (large dogs vs. small dogs). Similar to other chronic processes, particularly ones with tissue loss (gingival and bone), this disease is likely to worsen without intervention until the final phase of periodontal disease – tooth loss. The coinfluence relationship of dental disease with diabetes and renal disease underscores the importance of addressing issues in senior animals before they cause more problems.

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Pet Dental Superstar | Mr. Rogers

Mr. Roger’s Story

mr-rogers-fairgrounds-animal-hospital     Mr. Roger’s mom had his teeth scaled and polished under anesthesia in 2013 because they had tartar build up, which can cause gum disease, infection, and abscesses along with devitalized or dead and rotten teeth that need to be extracted. After his dental, Mr. Roger’s mom tried to brush his teeth as we advised, but she had no one around the house to help out and he just wouldn’t let her do it alone!

Instead of giving up, Mr. Roger’s mom worked with us and we decided to have him in weekly to brush his teeth and apply a sealant to keep it fresh all week long. With this maintenance plan, Mr. Rogers has not needed another scale and polish or any extractions ever since, and it’s been 3 years! Continue…

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Puppy and Kitten Preventative Care Packages

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is always exciting, but it’s important to remember that there are certain steps that you can take as pet parents to start them off on the right paw! Our puppy and kitten preventative care packages will cover all of the bases. If you have a puppy or kitten, schedule an appointment with us during their first few months of life to receive vaccinations, testing, parasite prevention, and a nose-to-tail physical. As your pet grows into adulthood, they require the same type of veterinary care, but on a maintenance level. Senior pets should see us biannually to receive thorough check-ups including testing since they develop medical conditions quicker in some instances. Our preventative care packages can include discounts on certain services that will aid in maintaining good health. These services can include vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, and early testing or screening to catch any existing conditions before they threaten the life of your

Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens

If you need puppy vaccines or vaccines for kittens or puppy or kitten dewormer, contact us as soon as possible. Our Veterinarians provide vaccinations to protect your fur baby from life-threatening diseases and dewormer to keep them safe from harmful parasites. Also, our veterinarians and staff will start a medical history for your pet. This is created to help screen for or catch certain conditions. Early detection keeps your pet happy and healthy.

Microchipping Can Save Your Friend’s Life

Microchipping is the process of inserting a small tracking device just below the surface of the skin on your pet. The process is quick, sanitary, and painless. Microchipping can ensure your pet finds its way back to you should they become lost. Microchips provide animal control and vets with your contact information for an easy, panic-free return to your home. If you purchase 2 puppy or kitten preventative care packages for your pet, we will include a free microchip for your pet ($55 value).

Contact Us

If you are looking for a great veterinarian in the Reno area, visit Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. We are a full-service veterinary hospital. Our staff of highly skilled and honest professional veterinarians, veterinary assistants, licensed veterinary technicians, and experienced receptionists are passionate about providing the best care possible to your pet. Visit our facility at 2435 Sutro Street, Reno, NV 89512 to see our hospital and meet our veterinarians and staff. You can also call us at (775) 329-4106 to ask questions or to set an appointment.

If you would like more information, please visit us online where you can meet our team or find a full list of our services and hours of operation. You can also find out what our other clients have to say about us and follow us on social media. Come in or call us today!

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Laser Therapy For Pets

What Is Laser Therapy And How Does It Work?

At Fairgrounds Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing the best care possible for your pets. We are always searching for the best ways to care for your pets especially where pain is concerned. Veterinary laser therapy for pets provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Laser treatment for pets employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.

Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your pet’s condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for pets are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your pet’s condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow your veterinarian to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your canine companion.

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Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Dr. Katie Cox explains why you should spay or neuter your pet.

When you bring your puppy and kitten to the veterinarian’s office for a check-up, one of the recommendations may be to spay or neuter your new pet. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats has many medical and behavioral benefits that can enhance the quality of life and lifespan of your beloved pet.

The most commonly known reason to spay and neuter dogs and cats is to decrease the number of un-adopted pets in the United States. While spaying your female dog or cat does indeed eliminate the chances of an unwanted pregnancy, it can also stop a female from going into heat two to three times a year. Another strong argument for spaying females is the prevention of a pyometra, or an infected uterus.  A pyometra occurs only in intact (non-spayed) females because of the hormones from the ovaries. This can lead to a life-threatening infection that requires emergency surgery to fix.  Spaying females can also decrease chances of cancerous mammary tumors. Continue…

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